Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Looong {Happy} Weekend

We had a super fabulous weekend starting on Friday with a wonderful visit from my sister, Annie, and her children, Jaymes and Sonoma. Usually when they visit they stay next door at Mom and Dad's house, but due to Mom's surprise party, they got to stay with us {in order to keep it a surprise, of course!}.
What fun!
Kam and Sonoma {almost 15 months and 20 months, respectively} hadn't seen each other since last August {pathetic, I know}. They had a good time playing and lovin' on one another. It was so sweet to watch.
Saturday was BUSY. Kenners had a soccer game at 10:20 . . .

. . . . and then we hurried home to get food prepped and decorations hung. We narrowly {NARROWLY, I mean, it was absolutely by God's grace that we escaped} managed to escape a car accident. We got home, and I put Kam down for a very quick nap, prepared the Strawberry Shortcake, Jeremy started on the steaks, and we all buzzed over to Mom and Dad's for last minute touches. By 3pm we were all there anxiously waiting her arrival.

Mom was out for lunch and window shopping with my older sister, Heidi. We got a call around 3:15 that Mom insisted on stopping at Safeway for a few groceries on the way home. Sigh. ;) Wait, wait, wait some more . . . and then . . .

She finally arrived!

I think she was truly surprised.

She got to open a few presents, and visit with friends she doesn't see very often. My aunt and cousin even came up from Medford {a 600 mile round trip} to surprise her. It was SO.MUCH.FUN.

Beautiful weather, BBQ chicken and steaks, sweet time with friends and family.

Jaymes had to do a little taste testin'.

Kam got to frolic in the grass.

Daddy and Sierra played ball.

All the kids enjoyed the sunshine.

"Mona" {Sonoma} loved the breeze ;)

And lap time with her Mama :)

Once {almost} everyone went home, and some of the little ones went to bed {Not including Kam who stayed up until 10:30 last night!!!}, the "grown-ups" played games ;) Anyone ever play Farkle? Jerm and I totally kicked some boot.


Today we're recovering. How about y'all? Talk to me about your super fantabulous weekend! And don't forget to enter the giveaway!!! It ends tonight!

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Tiffany said...

Aww, I just posted about my weekend, too! So glad God kept you out of that accident - scary. Your mom looks so surprised - what a precious time! Love all of your photos.

MomBrose said...

I love the picture of your mom with her hand over her mouth. That's priceless! Your girls all look so beautiful (and they look like they are having SO much fun!!). And I see that your sis is gorgeous just like you. Blessed indeed!

Rhonda said...

Hey Liz,
Looks like you ended up pulling it off very nicely! Love the surprised look on your mom's face. How fun to get to spend time with your sister and her kids. I thought the same thing as MomBrose...your sister is gorgeous too. I love her daughter's sweater dress. Too cute.

So glad that the Lord was watching out for you. We had a scary incident this weekend with Cameron and fire. So thankful for God's protection!!!!

Connie Weiss said...

What a fun time! Scary about the near miss!

I love a good surprise....

Foursons said...

You are a family of gorgeous women! All of you are just lovely.

Glad you pulled off the surprise party, I love that your mom stopped at Safeway on the way home. That is too funny.

Miller Racing Family said...

That does sound like a fabulous weekend. I love the expression on your mom's face. She does look very surprised. All of the family photos are wonderful but I love the photo of Kam in the grass.
I am also glad you missed the car accident, what a blessing.
Glad to hear the party went well.

{:miss v:} said...

What a fun weekend! Your mom looked so surprised, her face was just priceless!

Buckeroomama said...

Sounds like a wonderful, wonderful weekend. :)

Surprise parties are not easy to pull off and can get quite stressful, but from the look on your mom's face, you guys totally succeeded. :)

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Your mom looks so suprised! I bet it was a great time! We had a party for my hubby's birthday this weekend and we painted our living room!

Kelli said...

I love surprise parties and I'm so excited your mom was so surprised!!!! Strawberry shortcakes sounds rather yummy. That is scary about the near accident, I'm glad you guys are safe and ended up having a nice time.

Xazmin said...

What a wonderful surprise! Sounds like such an awesome weekend.

My kids haven't played soccer for a few seasons and I really miss it!

Your mom definitely looks surprised and delighted! What a good daughter you are!

Jen said...

Your mom is GORGEOUS, and it looks like she had a fabulous surprise party! I love the pictures of the kids - just beautiful!

Helene said...

It looks like it was a fabulous party...I love that you got a picture of your mother at the very moment of surprise!!

You and your sister look so much alike...only difference is the color hair!


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